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Emerald ash borer continuing to have devastating effects

July 11, 2013

ALPENA — After more than a decade of waiting, the full tragedy of the emerald ash borer is now being felt in Alpena and the surrounding countie....

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Jul-11-13 10:26 PM

Unfortunatley, thhis problem isn't unique to Alpena. Sitting on my front porch in Toledo, Ohio, July 25, 2009, enjoying a good magazine and a very gentle summer breeze, I saw a young mother with her two toddlers pass by my house. One small child was on a tricycle and the mother was pushing a stroller.

Not five minutes later, I heard several quick clicking/popping sounds and than witnessed a huge tree limb from a very dead city-owned ash tree in my neighbors front yard break off and come crashing down onto the sidewalk and into my front yard, narrowly missing my lamp post, front porch, my neighbors car and a new maple tree that we had planted.

The city ended up chopping down all the ash trees on our street because they were infected with emerald ash borer and a safety concern. I was sad to see the street stripped, but it was necessary. Today, my street is lined with healthy maple trees.

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Jul-12-13 1:50 PM

The State of Michigan should be on top of this. Millions of ash trees in the state could be utilized, for flooring, cabinetry, or even log homes. Job Creation.

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